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The Successful Match

Multiple Mini Interview: Winning Strategies From Admissions Faculty

"With the MMI being a relatively new interview format, I struggled to find clear resources on how to prepare for it. Many of my friends said there wasn't a way to prepare. However, Dr. Desai's book is a must read for an applicant with an MMI, or one taking the CASPER exam. The organization and content are second to none, and he provides instructions on how to guide your thought process to respond efficiently and thoroughly to the various stations. I am confident my MMI performance is enhanced because of this book."

 

NB (Amazon Review)

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) has become the preferred interview format at many health professions programs and medical schools. Applicants seeking admission to these schools face considerable anxiety preparing for these interviews because of a lack of resources available for guidance. 

 

Our detailed advice, based on evidence from research in the field and perspectives of admissions faculty, will provide you with the insiders' perspective.

 

How can you best prepare for the MMI? What is required to deliver a winning interview performance? Which behaviors, attitudes, and answers are prized by interviewers? Includes sample answers to MMI questions and advice to help you avoid common mistakes.

 

Also inside:

 

  • The MMI was developed to measure specific non-cognitive qualities that schools have deemed important. What are these qualities, and how can students emphasize them during interviews?

  • In one study, 10% of interviewees rated the MMI as worse than the traditional interview. What were their concerns?

  • At one school, 12% of interviewed candidates received a "Do Not Recommend" rating each year. What are the behaviors and attitudes that lead schools to reject applicants?

  • What is "assessor fatigue," and how can it affect your MMI score?

  • Your interview score will depend heavily on your communication skills. What are the common communication problems encountered during the MMI?

  • How can you use the limited time that you have at each station to deliver memorable and impressive responses that stand out?

 

This book shows applicants how to develop the optimal strategy for MMI success - an invaluable resource to help applicants gain that extra edge.

 

REVIEWS

"This book is a must. It is rare that this much accurate advice is available for such a cheap price. Many of us "pre-med" students think we have a pretty good idea of what medical schools are looking for, but often we could largely benefit from a professional opinion. Most of us have spent the last 4 years dedicated to our studies and extracurricular activities. Why would we not want our interview experiences to go the best as possible? Many schools are switching to an MMI interview. When I first began reading this book I had no idea what that meant. I now feel confident in interviewing. While drawing upon advice from this book and other of Dr. Desai's sources I had a successful interview this week. I felt very confident going into the interview and leaving the interview."

 

Daniel Barnett (Amazon Review)

"Definitely a must read for anyone trying to get into medical school. The days of GPA and MCAT scores being the major determinant in one's acceptance to medical school are past. Admissions boards are looking at the complete individual. They've adopted interview techniques to get at the heart of the person. Dr. Desai helps one develop a plan to approach this paradigm shift with his distinctive and entertaining writing style. Being part of an admissions committee at other levels, he has true insider knowledge. If you don't read this, you are at a disadvantage relative to your peers."

 

AT (Amazon Review)

"Dr. Desai continues the fine tradition of his previous books, balancing evidence and experience as it relates to the Multiple Mini Interview, an emerging new format for the admission process to medical schools in the United States and beyond. Although there may be other books in the genre, Dr. Desai is able to simplify the complex and stressful process of the medical school interview by following the age old axiom with a twist. "Practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect." A must read for those trying to control their heart rate variability before the medical school interview."

 

Niraj Mehta (Amazon Review)